Agasteeswarar, Vidangalur, Nagapattinam


Basic information about the temple

Moolavar:AgasteeswararAmbal / Thayar:Satyadakshi
Deity:SivaHistorical name:
Vriksham:Teertham:
Agamam:

Age (years):

1000-2000

Timing: to & to Parikaram:

Temple group:Vaippu Sthalam
Sung by:

Temple set:

Navagraham:

Nakshatram:

City / town:VidangalurDistrict:Nagapattinam
Maps from (click): Current location Thiruvarur (19 km)Nagapattinam (22 km)

Kumbakonam (59 km)Mayiladuthurai (60 km)

Location

Sthala puranam and temple information

It is hard to imagine that a Tevaram Vaippu Sthalam is in such a state today. During the time Sundarar had sung a pathigam mentioning this temple, it would have likely been larger or certainly having more prominence that it has today.

Sages Agastyar and Vitangar worshipped here, which gives the moolavar His name as Agasteeswarar, and the town its name of Vidangalur. This is virtually a one-shrine temple, with a common mandapam (covered by asbestos roof) housing both the moolavar and Satyadakshi Amman. Thankfully, there are separate smaller sub-shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi and Anjaneyar.

This appears to be a Chola temple, likely dating to the 9th or 10th century. The moolavar, however, should have been here prior to that, since Sundarar has sung about Agasteeswarar of this temple. The architecture here is vanilla, no koshtam deities, etc, yet the simple work on the outer walls and supporting pillars, as well as the vimanam over the garbhagriham, display fine workmanship.

Other information for your visit

The temple priest Kannappa Gurukkal stays very close to the temple.

Contact

Kannappa Gurukkal: 8903104895, 9487025110
V Suryanarayanan: 9840150668; 04366-279524; 044-28110443

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